LARNED — Norman Henry Hoover Kuntz passed away quietly on the morning of Aug. 5, 2019 at Diversicare of Larned. He was 82 years old. He was the youngest boy born to Clement and Barbara (Heidt) Kuntz in Dickinson, N.D. His mother died when Norman was about a year old, and then his father remarried. Norman was mainly raised by his older brothers and sisters, of which there were eight. When Norman became a teenager, he and his older brother, Wayne, went to live at a boys ranch in Setna Butte, N.D. It was there that he learned to work with livestock and how to ride broncs. He and Wayne would go on to participate in many rodeos riding bulls and broncs. Norman eventually found himself in Larned, Kan. where he met and married the love of his life, Karen (Lang) Kuntz. They were married 48 years. Norman and Karen loved to travel and visit many of Norman’s family scattered coast to coast.
Norman worked for Pawnee County Roads Department for 30 years. He was diagnosed, with Parkinson’s about a year ago and had then moved into Diversicare of Larned.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents, Clement and Barbara Kuntz; his brothers, Matthew, Lawrence, Albert and Wayne Kuntz; his sisters, Irene Thomas, Elenor Grina, Rosemary Ove, Ramona Price; and his half brother, Raymond Kuntz; nieces Kathy (Thomas) Nedrow, Barbara (Kuntz) Huckins, Christine Kuntz, and LaNeva Kuntz. He is survived by his wife, Karen of Larned, Kan.; half-sister, Betty (Kuntz) Campbell of Lawton, Okla.; sister-in-law Evelyn Huggins of Topeka, Kan.; niece, Karen (Ove) Polson and her husband Bill of Madrid, Neb.; nephews Glenn and Jay, wife Heidi Kuntz of Golden Valley, Aria., Jerry Thomas of Arlington, Wash., and Mark and Cathy Kuntz of the Philippines.
Cremation has taken place and graveside service will be at a later date at Pawnee Rock Cemetery. Cards may be sent to Karen Kuntz, in care of Diversicare of Larned, 1114 W. 11th St. Larned, KS 67550. Personal condolences may be left at www.beckwithmortuary.com.
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P.O. Box 477
Larned, KS 67550
Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Aug. 16, 2019